• Amid Kodagu floods, K'taka govt finds itself in choppy waters

    Squabbles, taunting remarks, frustration, rancor, confusion: these have become the hallmark of the three-month-old coalition government in Karnataka.Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy is yet to come out of the persecuted complex, while the Congress party has failed to rein in former chief minister...

  • A fumbling CM and the blame game

    What does it take to be a good leader? Or what does it take a leader to give good governance? These two questions cannot draw answers if one looks at the performance of the coalition government in Karnataka.The state has a chief minister who keeps whining that he has to occupy the post only for the...

  • Budget drama: Can Kumaraswamy ignore Siddaramaiah?

    Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was not at fault when he raised objections for the grandiose plans of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to present fresh budget proposals for the current fiscal. In the absence of a common minimum programme, why the Chief Minister has rushed to present the budget? If...

  • Gandhi offers no solution to urban problems: Guha

    Bengaluru: Was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi an environmentalist? The answer – he was an environmentalist. For solution to rural environmental problems look at Gandhi. But urban environmentalists get little help from Gandhi.This is writer-historian Ramachandra Guha's analytical take on the...

  • Why punish Patil when Siddaramaiah is not made accountable?

    What will the Congress high command do with former minister MB Patil, who is upset over not becoming minister again? Will he be asked to toe the party line or just ignore him for now or entertain his demands? Going by the present developments, it looks the party would make use of his presence...

  • HD Kumaraswamy: Chief Minister by default

    Haradanahalli Deve Gowda Kumaraswamy, 58, is going to be the chief minister of Karnataka, by default. The JD (S) leader's innings in collusion with the Congress party would begin from May 23. He would be joining the list of Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar...

  • JD(S) bhagya to Congress, thanks to Siddaramaiah

    Finally, the outgoing Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has brought 'JD(S) bhagya' for the Congress party! An achievement, indeed! Once a Janata Parivar man, Siddaramaiah has been made to surrender the Congress to JD (S) president H D Deve Gowda. The Congress has slipped from the hands of Siddaramaiah...

  • Yes, we can, say all 3 political parties in Karnataka

    Bengaluru: A well-known television journalist of this country while interviewing former prime minister H D Deve Gowda aired his analysis and seat predictions for the prominent parties which are fighting the Karnataka Legislative Assembly elections 2018. The regional party, of course, had nothing to...

  • Vibhuti, kumkuma and gandha politics of Karnataka

    The political narratives of state level leaders who are campaigning and contesting the Karnataka legislative assembly elections this time have not yet risen above vibhuti (sacred ash), gandha (sandal paste) and kumkuma (vermilion). In addition, prime political players of all three...

  • Why do senior leaders take constituencies for granted?

    Some leaders grow bigger than their parties and dictate terms to their high command. That's nothing new. Now, leaders are not just taking their parties for granted, but they are even taking the legislative assembly constituencies in Karnataka for granted. Such autocratic behavior has...

  • Politics of religious leaders in full swing in Karnataka

    Top leaders of the Congress party and the BJP have once again proved that their main vocation during election campaign is to go on a whirlwind tour of temples and mutts. Probably, leaders have not spared themselves from visiting any prominent religious institution or temple in Karnataka...

  • Where are the women in Karnataka politics?

    Bengaluru: Last week, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah declared that it is possible for his party to give 5 to 6pc of the total Congress tickets to women in the upcoming assembly elections. The maximum could be 10pc of the total tickets and not beyond that, he had said. Why is he imposing the...